Many were skeptical about director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot, but the finished film turned out to be the rare movie that seemed to please both die-hard fans and Trek newcomers in equal measure. It was a thrilling start to a revitalized franchise for Paramount, and while reception to the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness was less enthusiastic, the sequel still went on to gross $467 million worldwide. Obviously Paramount would be moving forward with another installment, but Abrams happened to be busy with this little thing called Star Wars, so a new director was needed. After months of searching, the studio finally settled on a familiar face: Roberto Orci. Having produced and co-written the first two films, Orci was already entrenched in the existing franchise, but Star Trek 3 marks a massive challenge as it will be Orci’s first time in the director’s chair, ever.
Our own Christina Radish recently got the chance to speak with Orci in anticipation of his TV series Matador (which has already been picked up for a second season) during the TCA Press Tour, and Orci gave an update on Star Trek 3’s progress, saying Paramount has yet to sign off on the script, adding that he’s not necessarily confirmed as the director until the film gets the greenlight. More after the jump.